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Web Design Trends in 2012

Web Design Trends in 2012
It’s that time of year again, where we look into our crystal ball to see what will be the hot trends in web design for the upcoming year. It’s no secret that trends come and go, with some hanging around longer than they should. (Yes, splash page, I’m talking about you.) But trends are a necessity in the development and growth of our craft. Trends are born, improved upon, and often spawn other trends. So as a web designer, when you apply trends to your projects, challenge yourself to expand upon them and make them your own. As you read this article, keep in mind that the shift in trends from one year to the next may be subtle, and you will probably recognize some of these trends already. 1. I believe eventually, we’ll all stop talking about responsive web design – not because it will go away, but because it will become what’s expected. The continued introduction and adoption of more an more mobile devices is what will make 2012 the year of the responsive web site. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9.

Implement a Nice & Clean jQuery Sliding Panel in Wordpress 2.7+ About one week ago, I introduced the Nice & Clean Sliding Login Panel built with jQuery which was a redesigned of my popular Mootools sliding panel. Today, we will see how to implement it in WordPress 2.7+. Please note I am not going to cover any previous version of WordPress in this tutorial. Top Website Design Trends for 2012 2012 has brought with it a wave of web design trends. Keeping up with these constant developments is essential, but it's important to keep in mind that effective web design is more than just a coat of paint; it always needs to support your business goals. Good web design is a necessary part of your larger web marketing and user experience picture. In keeping with this holistic approach, we selected the following as the top web design trends to implement this year: 1.

15 Web Design Trends to Watch Out For in 2012 So far the year 2011 has brought upon some amazing changes in design and Internet technology. Web development has become a much smoother subject to jump into learning, not to mention the countless open source libraries useful in streamlining the process. And yet it seems the global design community is far from throwing in the towel. I want to introduce 15 ideas which have grown very rapidly over the past year. These trends encompass web and graphics design techniques which will likely play a big role moving into 2012. Top 20 Social Media Statistics Infographics Home About Us Services » 22 Essential Tools for Testing Your Website's Usability The Web Design Usability Series is supported by, an easy way to instantly share your screen with anyone. lets you collaborate on-the-fly, put your heads together super-fast and even just show off. A site's ease of use, or its usability, is an integral part of its success, especially with websites becoming more and more interactive, complex and packed with features. User-centered design is all about building websites that fulfill the goals and desires of its users, and at the heart of this concept is that a user must be able interact with your website effectively. Testing usability is an art and a science. There are many times when usability testers rely on qualitative measurements, intuition, opinions and feedback from users and experience. However, there are also factors you can test quantitatively to ensure that a site is usable.

Web-Design Trends: 40 Illustrative Website Designs There are a ton of awesome web design trends going around. I call them awesome – you may call them oversaturated and ‘old school’ – however, I feel that any design trend out there has its place in the web design community and this one is a trend that I hope NEVER goes away. The illustrations in the below websites showcase design skill well beyond creating boxes and gradients in photoshop. They show the visual detail and skill levels of the designers who created them.

27 Must-Have Starter Kits For Web Designers Starter kits are great timesavers for web designers and they are particularly useful for those who often create mock-ups for project pitching on daily basis. If you are a designer-cum-programmer think of it as your code snippets So what’s in a starter kit? We think it varies – depending on what each designer routinely worked with.

2012 Mobile Growth Statistics  We all know that the growth of the mobile market is huge throughout the globe and constantly reshaping how we interact in our everyday lives. Here is a great infographic that shows us the stats behind this growth and the impact that this has on commerce. A few stand out stats: There are currently 6 Billion mobile subscribers worldwideThis equals 87% of the world’s populationChina and India account for 30% of this growthThere are over 1.2 Billion people accessing the web from their mobilesOver 300,000 apps have been developed in the past 3 yearsGoogle earns 2.5 Billion in mobile ad revenue annually

17 Free Responsive WordPress Themes There is a lot of talk within the web design community about responsive design at the moment, at its most basic it means serving up different versions of your web site depending what size screen resolution a person is using. So you would have one version for widescreen desktops, a smaller version for smaller resolutions and then a mobile version for smart phones etc. It’s a concept I like – its nice when browsing on your phone and you receive a nicely formatted version which makes it easier to read. There are a number of WordPress themes with responsive layouts thats have been released for free, which I will cover in this blog post. Ari WordPress Theme Ari is a minimalistic, flexible three-column blog theme.